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Battle of colors in Iran's presidential campaign

Press TV - Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's supporters criticize rival camps over choosing white and green colors as their campaign symbols.

Fatemeh Rajabi, the wife of government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham attacked presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi for choosing the green color as his campaign's symbol and termed it as a misuse of a sacred color in Islam.

A supporter of Mousavi

Mousavi's camp was the first one that brought color symbolism into the culture of Iran's election campaign. Supporters of the former prime minister have decided to wear green T-shirts, head or wrist-bands and shawls to symbolize the fact that Mousavi is a descendant of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Afterwards, Mehdi Karroubi's supporters declared white as the symbol of their camp.

The new initiative, however, has drawn criticism by the rivals. Principlist daily Kayhan accused Mousavi's supporters of following in the footsteps of those who staged color revolutions in some former Soviet republics.

Abolfazl Fateh, Mousavi's campaign manager rejected the accusations and said, "Our symbols are religious, not velvet."

The dispute reportedly extended to the Majlis (Parliament) where supporters of rival camps used the color symbolism to express their viewpoints.

Although some of Ahmadinejad's supporters initially chose the red color, Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, the president's campaign manager, denounced the practice and announced that his camp did not use the color symbolism.

Iran's flag, which contains the three colors, is our symbol, he said.

Mohsen Rezaee, another candidate, has also refused to choose any special icon to symbolize his campaign.

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